How Can Migrants’ Language Proficiency Be Measured? A Discussion of Opportunities and Challenges When Studying the Impact of Language Skills on Social Position

Diekmann I, Fröhlich JJ (2020)
Migration Letters 17(5): 695-704.

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Abstract / Bemerkung
Language proficiency is crucial for migrants’ social position in the labour market and therefore plays a key role in the (re-)production of social inequalities in modern societies. There are different ways of capturing language skills in quantitative studies. However, it is important to question the extent to which existing language measures mirror migrants’ realities and relevant linguistic everyday life practices. In our paper, we contribute to this question by disentangling various measures of language proficiency. We use a large sample of migrants in Germany (GSOEP) that contains numerous language measures. We conduct detailed quantitative analyses on how various language variables influence migrants’ social position, by which we mean migrants’ socioeconomic status (as measured by ISEI). The ISEI is mainly based on occupation, but also on education and income. Our findings indicate that especially the self-assessed German speaking proficiency is an important and parsimonious predictor for migrants’ social position in Germany.
Stichworte
migration; social inequalities; language proficiency; social position; language measures
Erscheinungsjahr
2020
Zeitschriftentitel
Migration Letters
Band
17
Ausgabe
5
Seite(n)
695-704
eISSN
1741-8992
Page URI
https://pub.uni-bielefeld.de/record/2946149

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Diekmann I, Fröhlich JJ. How Can Migrants’ Language Proficiency Be Measured? A Discussion of Opportunities and Challenges When Studying the Impact of Language Skills on Social Position . Migration Letters. 2020;17(5):695-704.
Diekmann, I., & Fröhlich, J. J. (2020). How Can Migrants’ Language Proficiency Be Measured? A Discussion of Opportunities and Challenges When Studying the Impact of Language Skills on Social Position . Migration Letters, 17(5), 695-704. doi:10.33182/ml.v17i5.803
Diekmann, I., and Fröhlich, J. J. (2020). How Can Migrants’ Language Proficiency Be Measured? A Discussion of Opportunities and Challenges When Studying the Impact of Language Skills on Social Position . Migration Letters 17, 695-704.
Diekmann, I., & Fröhlich, J.J., 2020. How Can Migrants’ Language Proficiency Be Measured? A Discussion of Opportunities and Challenges When Studying the Impact of Language Skills on Social Position . Migration Letters, 17(5), p 695-704.
I. Diekmann and J.J. Fröhlich, “How Can Migrants’ Language Proficiency Be Measured? A Discussion of Opportunities and Challenges When Studying the Impact of Language Skills on Social Position ”, Migration Letters, vol. 17, 2020, pp. 695-704.
Diekmann, I., Fröhlich, J.J.: How Can Migrants’ Language Proficiency Be Measured? A Discussion of Opportunities and Challenges When Studying the Impact of Language Skills on Social Position . Migration Letters. 17, 695-704 (2020).
Diekmann, Isabell, and Fröhlich, Joanna Jadwiga. “How Can Migrants’ Language Proficiency Be Measured? A Discussion of Opportunities and Challenges When Studying the Impact of Language Skills on Social Position ”. Migration Letters 17.5 (2020): 695-704.

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